Head South of the Border with Seattle's Best Mexican Eateries

Do you love Mexican food? Who does't, it seems! We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Mexican cuisine in Seattle. One may not expect the northwest corner of the country to have such excellent Mexican finds, but you're in for a pleasant surprise here. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Seattle restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Cactus. We also point out good neighborhoods for Mexican restaurants in the Seattle -Greenwood and the Redmond area, for instance. While some restaurants offer a no-frills, family-friendly ambience where the food speaks for itself, others feature more upscale decor that puts a fine-dining twist on traditional fare. In these spaces, enjoy import Mexican beers, chilled margaritas and mojitos, crisp chips and sometimes, if you're lucky, fresh guacamole made right by the edge of your table. While portions are often big enough to share, it is often hard to have restraint around such sensational fare. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!



The Matador features delectable, made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine and handcrafted cocktails along with a highly diverse selection of tequilas. The lively venue proudly boasts a team of chefs, servers and bartenders "that take pride in always...  Read More

Taqueria El Gallo


Taqueria El Gallo enjoys immense popularity on the Eastside, thanks to the kitchen's mastery of authentic Mexican cuisine. Their potent salsa is legendary, and an extensive offering of burrito combinations has folks coming back to popular...  Read More



Moose? In Mexico? This place originally opened as traditional breakfast establishment Café Moose, but the owners eventually began incorporating the Mexican dishes they missed from their 30 years in Mexico. Thus began the evolution to Señor...  Read More

Bimbo's Cantina
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What was formerly known as Bimbo's Bitchin' Burrito Kitchen has toned down its name, gained a little more space and become a 21+ only establishment. What hasn't changed, however, are well-proportioned tacos and quesadillas, not to mention...  Read More



Known for deliciously authentic Mexican dishes prepared with fresh vegetables, meats, and seafood, Tacos Guaymas earns high marks all around. Well-received entrees include a gigantor carnitas burrito served with a generous portion of guacamole,...  Read More

La Carta de Oaxaca
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Seattle Weekly readers voted this Ballard hot spot as the "Best Mexican Restaurant" in 2012. The menu consists of flavorful dishes that hail from the state of Oaxaca, and the vibrant venue boasts a communal table as well as intimate two-tops,...  Read More



An authority on Mexican delicacies for nearly 20 years, El Toreador uses only the finest and freshest ingredients. Tacos, burritos, and chimichangas – they don't get much better than this. Located in Redmond on Leary Way, the restaurats...  Read More

Azteca Mexican Restaurant


Since 1974, this popular eatery has drawn positive reviews, and for good reason, as Azteca offers the region's finest takes on traditional Mexican cuisine. Portions are large, and margaritas can also be ordered especially big, if you're in a...  Read More

El Camino


Although El Camino is a favorite gathering spot for friends to test potent margaritas, it also serves wonderful Mexican cuisine. The menu isn't extensive, but selections are flavorful and well-prepared. Along with braised pork shoulder and...  Read More



If zesty food, full-flavored and rich, constantly tempts you, Cactus stands poised to satisfy the craving. You should be prepared to wait a bit when you go, especially during the week at lunchtime when the Amazon employees descend, but the food...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne